Thursday, December 8, 2011

My Favorite Christmas Cookie

Every year at Christmas time I send an email to the mother of one of my dearest friends.  Each year the email is the same:

Help!  I want to make your awesome shortbread cookies but don't remember where I wrote the recipe down!

And every year this lovely woman shares her recipe and wishes of love for our family.

I have had a few requests for the recipe and I am sure she wouldn't mind me sharing it.  So here it is with my little tweaks:

1 cup soft butter
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup fruit sugar (comes in those little bags also called Berry Sugar)
Cream butter and add sugar gradually.  Beat until almost white.  (Then I whip it in my kitchen aid for about 6 minutes)
Add 1 3/4 c flour gradually.  Whip again once all of the flour is added for 2 minutes.
Roll into tiny balls and squish a little hollow into the top of each ball with your thumb.  Put half of a glazed cherry into the hollow.
Bake at 350 for 12 minutes  

The cookies don't brown up except for a little on the bottom.  And good luck trying not to eat a dozen by yourself right when they come out of the oven!

Thank you Mrs. Whitrow! 


Sarah said...

oh those sound YUMMY!!! I think I"m going to be baking tonight! hehehe

Courtney W said...

Kara, my shortbread recipie is almost the same. but heres a hint, if you can't get fruit sugar, use regular white sugar, but wiz it in a blender or food processor before you measure. works great, and cheaper than fruit sugar

Roberta said...

I use icing sugar in my shortbread recipe. I have a chocolate shortbread recipe that I'm going to try out this year!

Morena said...

Send yourself an email with the recipe. But that would ruin the tradition.

Sounds amazing. My shortbread us similar but it also uses icing sugar.